Land-Based Modeling System for Water Quality Management Studies

by Walter M. Grayman, (A.M.ASCE), W. E. Gates and Assocs., Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio,
A. W. Hadder, Formerly, Dir., Bureau of Enforcement, Virginia State Water Control Board,
William E. Gates, (M.ASCE), Partner; W. E. Gates and Assocs., Inc., Fairfax, Va.,
Richard M. Males, (A.M.ASCE), W. E. Gates and Assocs., Inc. Cincinnati, Ohio,

Serial Information: Journal of the Hydraulics Division, 1975, Vol. 101, Issue 5, Pg. 567-580

Document Type: Journal Paper


Supported by recent legislation (notably P.L. 92-500), the scope of water quality planning has expanded to include a range of comprehensive planning. In response to the needs generated by comprehensive water quality planning, a computer system called ADAPT(Areal Design and Planning Tool) has been developed. ADAPT is composed of a highly accessible large data file and a series of mathematical submodels which facilitate the storage and use of spatially arrayed data. Though originally implemented as part of a large water quality management study of the lower James River in Virginia where it was used in a variety of land-use/development and sewer/treatment plant design tasks, its flexible structure makes it broadly applicable to a wide range of environmental planning concerns. The basic structure of ADAPT is described, together with a description of its implementation.

Subject Headings: Water quality | Hydrologic models | Storage facilities | Quality control | Legislation | Water policy | Mathematics | Mathematical models | Virginia | United States

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